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Sam Kerr kicks four goals against Jamaica to help the Matildas advance to World Cup round of 16

June 19, 2019 10:00AM AP

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Australia's forward Samantha Kerr celebrates after scoring her fourth goal. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia's forward Samantha Kerr celebrates after scoring her fourth goal. Picture: AFP


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Australian superstar striker* Sam Kerr scored four goals, one short of the World Cup record and the most by an Australian, in a 4-1 victory over Jamaica this morning in Grenoble, France.

The win sent the Matildas into the round of 16* where they will take on Norway in four days’ time in Nice.

Jamaica v Australia: Group C - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France media_cameraSam Kerr of Australia scores her team’s fourth goal. Picture: Getty Images

Kerr is now equal with American Alex Morgan as the tournament lead goalscorer with five goals.

She scored on a header* off Emily Gielnik’s cross in the 11th minute, doubled the lead for Australia with another header in the 42nd and completed the hat trick in the 69th. She scored again in the 83rd minute to give her 36 goals in 80 international appearances.

Australia had stumbled at the start of the tournament with a loss to Italy but rebounded with a come-from-behind victory over Brazil and then this win over Jamaica.

Sam Kerr makes it 4-1 against Jamaica

Lisa De Vanna made her 150th international appearance, one shy of the Australian record set by Cheryl Salisbury.

Jamaica got its first World Cup goal when Havana Solaun scored in the 49th. The first Caribbean nation to make the World Cup, Jamaica lost all three matches and was outscored 12-1.


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How many 2019 World Cup matches has Jamaica won?


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